It was jolly cold today and we even got hailstones.

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If it wasn’t for all the spring flowers, the garden would have looked like it was in the depths of winter.

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wooden rose arch, circular island bed

Garden arches make interesting features in garden design. Use them to separate different ‘garden rooms’, or to give some height to a newly planted garden, or even just to grow climbing plants up them. It is worth investing in a good quality arch as cheap ones often rot very quickly or are not strong enough to take the weight of the plants growing up them.

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Our garden has extremely heavy, clay soil – the sort you could make pottery from if you were so inclined. Generally it is either too wet or rock solid and I have to wait for a gardening window when digging over the soil or planting anything. I have added loads of home-made compost and grit over the years, which has improved some areas. However, the most important lesson I have learned is to grow plants that are tough and don’t require too much fussing over once established.

Tonight it was so dry that I just had to water the vegetables and annuals. Our neighbour has a pond, but I swear the frogs spend more time in our garden than in the pond. This little chap was sitting under some foliage trying to look cool!

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Baby robinI am pleased to report that we have a new addition to our garden. This evening I was delighted to meet ‘my’ baby robin – the one I have helped to feed over the last few months!

Curious baby robinHe/she was hopping around me when I was weeding and seems just as curious and friendly as his mum. No sign of his parents though, so I guess he’s fending for himself now.

Pair of robins waiting to be fedMeet Mr and Mrs Robin, his parents, who absolutely loved the suet pellets I fed them through the long cold winter.